ECKERT WILLIAM N

LTC William N Eckert was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 09/19/2016 at the age of 82.9 from Lung cancer
Diamondhead, MS
Flight Class 61-10
Date of Birth 10/24/1933
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 170 AHC in 65, 155 AHC in 65-66, E/701 MNT 1 INF in 68-69
Call signs in Vietnam BIKINI, STAGECOACH, DANGER
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: WILLIAM N. ECKERT, LIEUTENANT COLONEL, U. S. ARMY (RETIRED), DIED AT HOME ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 FROM COMPLICATIONS AS A RESULT OF LUNG CANCER. LTC ECKERT WAS 82 YEARS OLD.

HE RETIRED IN 1979 WITH OVER 23 YEARS OF REGULAR ARMY COMMISSIONED SERVICE. HE SERVED AT FT. HOOD, TEXAS, WITH THE 4TH ARMORED DIVISION IN 1957 AND WITH THE 2ND ARMORED DIVISION IN 1958. HE SERVED IN KOREA WITH THE EIGHTH U. S. ARMY IN 1959. HE SAW SERVICE IN EUROPE IN 1963 WITH THE 41ST TRANSPORTATION BATTALION AND AGAIN IN 1968 WITH THE 24TH INFANTRY DIVISION. HE SERVED TWO COMBAT TOURS IN VIETNAM, ONE IN 1964 WITH THE 1ST AVIATION BRIGAGE AND AGAIN IN 1968 WITH THE FIRST INFANTRY DIVISION.

A SENIOR ARMY AVIATOR, HE WAS THE RECIPIENT OF THE BRONZE STAR FOR VALOR WITH THREE OAK LEAF CLUSTERS, THE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL WITH OAK LEAF CLUSTER, THE AIR MEDAL WITH 13 OAK LEAF CLUSTERS, THE JOINT SERVICE COMMENDATION MEDAL AND THE ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL. HE WAS A DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE TRANSPORTATION CORPS REGIMENT. LTC ECKERT RETIRED FROM BUCK KREIHS COMPANY, INC., A NEW ORLEANS MARINE AND INDUSTRIAL REPAIR COMPANY AS VICE PRESIDENT IN 1996.

HE WAS A LIFE MEMBER OF THE RETIRED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, LIFE MEMBER OF THE ARMY AVIATION ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, VIETNAM HELICOPTER PILOTS ASSOCIATION AND THE SOCIETY OF THE FIRST INFANTRY DIVISION. HE WAS A LIFE MEMBER OF THE ARMY TRANSPORTATION CORPS AVIATION ASSOCIATION. HE WAS A CHARTER MEMBER OF THE MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION AND A LIFE MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE UNIFORMED SERVICES.

HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS FATHER COLONEL NORMAN J. ECKERT, MOTHER MILDRED NORRIS ECKERT, BROTHER COLONEL (RET.) EDWARD N. ECKERT, HIS WIFE OF THIRTY-THREE YEARS, LINDA KREIHS ECKERT AND HIS WIFE HELEN ANN FRANKS ECKERT. HE IS SURVIVED BY TWO DAUGHTERS; KATHLEEN ECKERT McDONALD, OF NEW TRIPOLI, PA, JEANEEN ECKERT MACNAMARA, OF HOUMA, LA, AND SON DAVID WILLIAM ECKERT OF DIAMONDHEAD, MS; A BROTHER RICHARD A. ECKERT OF OCEAN SPRINGS, MS, AND EIGHT GRANDCHILDREN; MELISSA, CHRISTINE AND ZACHARY McDONALD, EMILY, ANDREW, AND SARAH MACNAMARA, AND CHRISTIAN AND GARRET ECKERT. HIS GREAT GRANDCHILDREN INCLUDE; ANNA RAE AND ELLA LANE McDONALD, AND LIAM KEEGAN MACNAMARA.

THE VISITATION WILL BE ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 FROM 10:00 AM UNTIL 11:00AM AT THE MOST HOLY TRINITY CATHOLIC CHURCH IN PASS CHRISTIAN, MS. A MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL WILL BE CELEBRATED AT 11:00AM. THE BURIAL WILL FOLLOW IN GULF COAST MEMORIAL CEMETARY IN BAY ST. LOUIS, MS.

EDMOND FAHEY FUNERAL HOME IS IN CHARGE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS.

Burial: Gulf Coast Memorial Cemetery, Bay Saint Louis, MS

Burial information: Gulf Coast Memorial Cemetery, Bay Saint Louis, MS

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